Friday, May 1, 2015

0 LeFern Hotel: Affordable Hotel in Baguio City

During holiday season, I had a quick visit in the summer capital of the Philipines, Baguio City! I know it's not easy to find a place during peak season because all hotels and Inns are fully booked. But, I still go and seeking a room for a night is not really easy. After an hour, I finally found a place to stay and it's in the heart of Baguio City.

First photo is from LeFern's facebook page.

LeFern Hotel is located near SM Baguio. It is one minute to Session Road where you can find the Cathedral and restaurants. It is a residential place converted to become a homey hotel. Enjoy and experience their room in a colorful setting. The room is clean especially in the bathroom. It has hot and cold shower, cable TV in all rooms, and a wifi in public places. The staff is very nice and approachable.

On the second floor is the 181 Resto Bar where they also serve quality drinks and food. I got FREE breakfast during my stay. And, there's a convenient store on the ground floor with limited roadside parking.

Indeed, its affordable hotel and a cozy place to stay!

The Pink Room

my Free breakfast during my stay in LeFern
181 Resto Bar



Monday, April 13, 2015

0 Big B Burgers (Location, Prices, and How to get there)

Looking for a burger around Maginhawa Street?  Well, I found another burger upon strolling in the area. I got curious about the Big B signage in one of the establishments in the street. What’s in it? So, I’ve checked in and just filled in line to order. I got Big B quarter pounder burger; it’s actually a beef-bacon patty. 

The place looks clean in black and white color on the wall. The signage and the quotes written on the wall are so witty which makes the resto different from the other that I’ve visited.

Location:
44B Magiting St. Teacher's Village, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101 Metro Manila
(Near Ministop Maginhawa Street)

Burger Price:
Quarter Pounder 99php - 119php
Half Pounder 189php - 229php
One Pounder 299php - 349php

How to get there:
From South, ride a bus going to SM Fairview/Tungko, drop off at Philcoa, then ride a tricycle and tell the driver that you are going to Big B burger. It is near Ministop Maginhawa Street.

From North, one can ride a jeep from SM North terminal going to UP Campus, drop off at Philcoa, then ride a tricycle and tell the driver that you are going to Big B burger. It is near Ministop Maginhawa Street.

Photos below…







I immediately grab the knife and fork when the burger is in my table. Actually, you can also use plastic gloves. I taste it and it’s delicious with fresh vegetables. I will come back here to try other patties.

One thing that I don’t like is that you will leave with smell like burger. Haha! Maybe, they could improve their exhaust. But, the staff is so cool and nice!

Happy eating!

Marco

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2 Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal)

Pamitinan is one of the mountains in Rodriguez, Rizal, which according to PinoyMountaineer it is about 426 MASL. This is the mountain that we are going to climb today. I met Tolits at Jollibee Cubao and we left there at five forty five in the morning after we load up.

Then again, we meet Jeff, Rocky, and Majimen (Jeff’s friend) and we arrived at Brgy. Wawa to meet Emman, the guide.

The trek officially started at seven o’clock in the morning. According to our guide, it takes one to two hours to reach the peak. The trail here is established and the first part of the trail is forested. There is part that requires rock climbing or bouldering that you will definitely enjoy. And, challenging for the beginners, but it is manageable. Just concentrate and take extra careful as the rock is a bit sharp here.

From the summit, one can see Mount Haponang Banoy and in distance is Mount Arayat, the Sierra Madre mountains is also visible here, and a growing towns of Rizal. We’re descended after that and arrived at around ten o’clock. 

This is my 20th official conquered mountains. And, the unforgettable one because it’s my birthday climb, too! 
Topmost

Itinerary
05:00AM – Meet up at Jollibee Farmers Cubao
05:45AM – Departure
06:45AM – Arrived at Eastwood/Montalban
07:00AM – Trek started
09:30AM – Summit
10:30AM – Descent
12:00NN – Lunch
02:00PM – Back to Cubao

Expenses
 50Php each – FX from Cubao to Eastwood/Montalban
7.50Php each – Jeep from Eastwood to Wawa
***we gave 100Php each to the Guide





How to get there?
Take a FX/Van bound to Eastwood/Montalban and drop off to Eastwood Mini Stop. Take a tricycle or jeep going to Brgy. Wawa. Meet the guide. 

Contact:
Local Guide, Emman 0949-395-6589

More photos here...

Happy hiking!
Marco

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

0 Mt. Ayaas (Rodriguez, Rizal)

Another week to spend in the mountain with these two adventurer buddies and this is in the province of Rizal, Mt. Ayaas is about 567m and it ranks as the 14th highest mountain in the province. Again, we are going to explore another mountain here. 

I met Tolits at Jollibee Farmers and from there we rode car bound to Eastwood/Montalban. We then, met Jeff in front of Mini Stop store and bought some food and water. Afterwards, we rode tricycle going to Wawa and met Emman, the guide.

We are down to three because others have their own commitments on that day. So, Tolits, Jeff and yours truly will pursue to conquer Mount Ayaas. From jump-off in Wawa Dam, passing through the river and trekking has started. The first part of the trail is river crossing and passing through bamboo trees. It’s an easy trail, actually! But, still need a guide as some part of the trail is confusing. 
view from the top

descending mount ayaas
At that moment, we entered in a jungle trail and many fruit trees. We then saw a house in the mountain which according to our guide, this is the last house. We reached the transmission tower. An hour after that, grassland appears on our sight that leads us to the summit. 

At the summit, one can see the Mount Haponang Baboy, Mount Pamitinan, and more. We were descending from the summit to the other side of the mountain and exit to Brgy. Mascap. It takes one to two hours until you reach Brgy. Mascap and from there, you can charter a tricycle bound to San Isidro/Eastwood Montalban. 

We successfully get to the summit. Tired, but happy feet!

This is my 19th official conquered mountain.

Itinerary
05:00AM – Meet up at Jollibee Farmers Cubao
06:00AM – Arrived at Eastwood/Montalban
06:30AM – Jump-off Brgy. Wawa
07:30AM – Trek started
10:30AM – Summit
11:30AM – Descent
12:00NN – Lunch
01:30PM – Arrived at Brgy. Mascap, tricycle
02:30PM – Arrived at San Isidro
03:00PM – Snacks/Post Lunch/Freshen up
05:00PM – Back to Cubao

Expenses
 50Php each – FX from Cubao to Eastwood/Montalban
10Php each – Tricycle from Eastwood to Wawa
***we gave 100Php each to the Guide

How to get there?
Take a FX/Van bound to Eastwood/Montalban and drop off to Eastwood Mini Stop. Take a tricycle or jeep going to Brgy. Wawa. Meet the guide. 

Contact:
Local Guide, Emman 0949-395-6589

More photos here...

Happy Hiking!
Marco

Saturday, March 7, 2015

2 Pizza and Pasta at Leona Art Restaurant

Good day, guys! Today, I am going to share the food that we have eaten. My friends have hung out and I suggested having our lunch at the restaurant nearby my place in Maginhawa Street. 

So, we’re heading to the location of the restaurant and upon checked in the staff approach and assist us. But, I am hoping that there’s an available table because during my visits all tables are occupied. Fortunately, during our visits the restaurant is not yet jam pack. 

We tried their pizza and pasta. The place is small by the way. But, it looks so nice and it is a residential that is converted to become a restaurant. It has, I think, six to nine tables. Inside, they also have several of art decorations and accessories. The staff is very accommodating and nice.


We’re looking for their “Pizza all you can” promo, but it is already end. But, the staff recommends us their “Take 3 Pizza” promo; its 3cheese, pepperoni, and the classic pizza of your choice. 

We got two 10” Take 3 pizza for only 499Php and we tried Hawaii pizza, Garlic and mushroom pizza, and chicken and pesto pasta. It’s all so good and yummy! But, my favourite is 3cheese and Hawaii. The chicken and pesto is good as well.


Good News!!!

PIZZA ALL YOU CAN IS BACK!!!

 
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